Giovanni Battisa Rogeri was born in Bologna and settled in Brescia around 1675. He worked as an apprentice for Nicolò Amati in Cremona from 1661. In his work he successfully blended the precision of Amati with the more robust elements form the Brescian school.
The back is in one piece of maple with flames of medium width sloping downwards from left to right (the purfling simulated); the sides and scroll of similar wood; the table in two pieces of spruce of medium grain, narrowing at the centre; the varnish of an orange-brown colour on a lighter ground.
This violin is a very fine and characteristic example of the maker’s work.